Hurricane Dorian update for Friday 8/30, 12:50 P.M.
**Hurricane Dorian Update for Friday (8/30) at 12:50 p.m.**
The UF campus in Gainesville has canceled classes and closed offices for Tuesday, September 3. UF units outside of Alachua County should follow their local government closures and advice from their local officials.
All UF units in the peninsula should closely follow the progress of Dorian and be prepared to implement their tropical weather plans.
At the 11 a.m. advisory, Dorian was located 660 miles east of West Palm Beach with maximum sustained winds of 110mph.
On the current forecast track, the core of Dorian should move over the Atlantic well north of the southeastern and central Bahamas today and tomorrow, be near or over the northwestern Bahamas on Sunday, and be near the Florida peninsula late Monday.
Dorian is expected to become a major hurricane later today, and expected to remain a major hurricane while it moves near the northwestern Bahamas and approaches the Florida Peninsula into early next week.
No current Hurricane Watches or Warning are currently in place for Florida but are anticipated.
The 11 a.m. NHC forecast brings the center of Dorian near Palm Beach County on Monday into Tuesday as a Category 4. The end of the 5-day forecast places the center inland over Central Florida as a Category 1 on Wednesday morning. As always, do no focus on the exact center line track.
Dorian is forecast to produce 6-12 inches of rain, with isolated areas of 18 inches. Locally in Gainesville, 3-4 inches is expected but may change depending on exact track of storm.
Exact timing for wind arrive times remains uncertain but tropical storm force winds could begin along the coast Sunday night and could potential occur locally on Tuesday or later.
Impacts from Dorian will vary based upon where the forecasted northward turn occurs over or near the peninsula.
Updates will be posted daily unless circumstances warrant more frequent updates.